Middle Eastern Politics and Society - POLI8109

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 7 20 (10) Yaniv Voller checkmark-circle


The module is designed to provide students with an advanced understanding of politics in the Middle East. The module covers various social (e.g. identities), economic (e.g. role of natural resources) and religious (e.g. role of Islam) themes, and thus provides students with a wide-ranging perspective from which to analyse the political life of the region. Particular emphasis is placed on the nature and causes of conflict and political violence, and on the role of the state. The module also focuses on the historical development of the region as a way of helping students to understand the nature and causes of its contemporary political situation.


Contact hours

Private Study: 178
Contact Hours: 22
Total: 200


This module is optional to all students on MA courses within the School of Politics and International Relations.

Also available as an elective module

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Essay 1, 2,500 words (50%)
Essay 2, 3,500 words (50%)

Reassessment methods:
100% coursework

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate an advanced understanding of key features of politics in the Middle East
2 Undertake high-level analysis of core concepts, theories and debates relating to the outbreak and resolution of political conflict.
3 Relate their understanding of Middle Eastern politics to theories and analyses of politics within the wider international system.
4 Relate the concepts and findings of studies of Middle Eastern politics to core debates within the discipline at an advanced level.
5 Understand at an advanced level the relationship between current features of Middle Eastern politics and historical developments and patterns in the region.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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